NVIDIA has removed the special developer driver that allows GeForce RTX 3060 users to bypass the graphics card’s cryptocurrency mining limiter and mine Ether at its full potential. The removal of the GeForce 470.05 driver was confirmed by HardwareLuxx editor Andreas Schilling, who received a statement from green team advising that it had accidentally included code that removed the hash rate limiter in some configurations. NVIDIA has also updated its official developer site to note that the driver is no longer available.
“A developer driver inadvertently included code used for internal development which removes the hash rate limiter on RTX 3060 in some configurations,” NVIDIA’s statement to HardwareLuxx reads. “The driver has been removed.”
HardwareLuxx, ComputerBase, and PC Watch reported yesterday that NVIDIA’s GeForce 470.05 driver unlocked the GeForce RTX 3060’s full mining potential and allowed the graphics card to achieve hash rates of over 41 MH/s. NVIDIA’s cryptocurrency mining limiter, which purportedly cannot be hacked due to a secure handshake between the driver, GPU silicon, and BIOS, effectively halves that performance.
Well, I can still log into my NVIDIA developer account but the drivers are down,. pic.twitter.com/NkCz4pY6XR— Ozzy Bogan Tech (@HerebyOzzyTech) March 16, 2021